Dr Roberto Sommariva PhD

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My research is focused on halogens and radical chemistry in the troposphere, combining measurements and modelling. My main research project is about the processes that form and destroy ozone, and other pollutants, in the lower atmosphere.

Personal website: www.robsom.org


Recent publications


Cho, C, Fuchs, H, Hofzumahaus, A, Holland, F, Bloss, WJ, Bohn, B, Dorn, HP, Glowania, M, Hohaus, T, Liu, L, Monks, PS, Niether, D, Rohrer, F, Sommariva, R, Tan, Z, Tillmann, R, Kiendler-Scharr, A, Wahner, A & Novelli, A 2023, 'Experimental chemical budgets of OH, HO2, and RO2 radicals in rural air in western Germany during the JULIAC campaign 2019', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 2003-2033. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-2003-2023

Andersen, ST, Carpenter, LJ, Reed, C, Lee, JD, Chance, R, Sherwen, T, Vaughan, AR, Stewart, J, Edwards, PM, Bloss, WJ, Sommariva, R, Crilley, LR, Nott, GJ, Neves, L, Read, K, Heard, DE, Seakins, PW, Whalley, LK, Boustead, GA, Fleming, LT, Stone, D & Fomba, KW 2023, 'Extensive field evidence for the release of HONO from the photolysis of nitrate aerosols', Science Advances, vol. 9, no. 3, eadd6266. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.add6266

Nelson, BS, Bryant, DJ, Alam, MS, Sommariva, R, Bloss, WJ, Newland, MJ, Drysdale, WS, Vaughan, AR, Acton, WJF, Hewitt, CN, Crilley, LR, Swift, SJ, Edwards, PM, Lewis, AC, Langford, B, Nemitz, E, Shivani, Gadi, R, Gurjar, BR, Heard, DE, Whalley, LK, Şahin, UA, Beddows, DCS, Hopkins, JR, Lee, JD, Rickard, AR & Hamilton, JF 2023, 'Extreme Concentrations of Nitric Oxide Control Daytime Oxidation and Quench Nocturnal Oxidation Chemistry in Delhi during Highly Polluted Episodes', Environmental Science and Technology Letters, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 520-527. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.3c00171

Sommariva, R, Alam, MS, Crilley, LR, Rooney, DJ, Bloss, WJ, Fomba, KW, Andersen, ST & Carpenter, LJ 2023, 'Factors Influencing the Formation of Nitrous Acid from Photolysis of Particulate Nitrate', The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 127, no. 44, pp. 9302-9310. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.3c03853

Woodward-Massey, R, Sommariva, R, Whalley, LK, Cryer, DR, Ingham, T, Bloss, WJ, Ball, SM, Cox, S, Lee, JD, Reed, CP, Crilley, LR, Kramer, LJ, Bandy, BJ, Forster, GL, Reeves, CE, Monks, PS & Heard, DE 2023, 'Radical chemistry and ozone production at a UK coastal receptor site', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 23, no. 22, pp. 14393-14424. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-14393-2023

Tan, Z, Fuchs, H, Hofzumahaus, A, Bloss, WJ, Bohn, B, Cho, C, Hohaus, T, Holland, F, Lakshmisha, C, Liu, L, Monks, PS, Novelli, A, Niether, D, Rohrer, F, Tillmann, R, Valkenburg, TSE, Vardhan, V, Kiendler-Scharr, A, Wahner, A & Sommariva, R 2022, 'Seasonal variation in nitryl chloride and its relation to gas-phase precursors during the JULIAC campaign in Germany', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 22, no. 19, pp. 13137-13152. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-13137-2022

Sommariva, R, Crilley, LR, Ball, SM, Cordell, RL, Hollis, LDJ, Bloss, WJ & Monks, PS 2021, 'Enhanced wintertime oxidation of VOCs via sustained radical sources in the urban atmosphere', Environmental Pollution, vol. 274, 116563. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.116563

Nelson, BS, Stewart, GJ, Drysdale, WS, Newland, MJ, Vaughan, AR, Dunmore, RE, Edwards, PM, Lewis, AC, Hamilton, JF, Acton, WJ, Hewitt, CN, Crilley, LR, Alam, MS, Åahin, ÜA, Beddows, DCS, Bloss, WJ, Slater, E, Whalley, LK, Heard, DE, Cash, JM, Langford, B, Nemitz, E, Sommariva, R, Cox, S, Shivani, Gadi, R, Gurjar, BR, Hopkins, JR, Rickard, AR & Lee, JD 2021, 'In situ ozone production is highly sensitive to volatile organic compounds in Delhi, India', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 21, no. 17, pp. 13609-13630. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-13609-2021

Sommariva, R, Kramer, LJ, Crilley, LR, Alam, MS & Bloss, WJ 2020, 'An instrument for in situ measurement of total ozone reactivity', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 1655-1670. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1655-2020

Sommariva, R, Cox, S, Martin, C, Borońska, K, Young, J, Jimack, PK, Pilling, MJ, Matthaios, VN, Nelson, BS, Newland, MJ, Panagi, M, Bloss, WJ, Monks, PS & Rickard, AR 2020, 'AtChem (version 1), an open-source box model for the Master Chemical Mechanism', Geoscientific Model Development, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 169-183. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-169-2020

Matthaios, VN, Kramer, LJ, Crilley, LR, Sommariva, R, Pope, FD & Bloss, WJ 2020, 'Quantification of within-vehicle exposure to NOx and particles: Variation with outside air quality, route choice and ventilation options', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 240, 117810. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117810

Matthaios, VN, Kramer, LJ, Sommariva, R, Pope, FD & Bloss, WJ 2019, 'Investigation of vehicle cold start primary NO2 emissions inferred from ambient monitoring data in the UK and their implications for urban air quality', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 199, pp. 402-414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.11.031

Holzinger, R, Joe Acton, WF, Bloss, WJ, Breitenlechner, M, Crilley, LR, Dusanter, S, Gonin, M, Gros, V, Keutsch, FN, Kiendler-Scharr, A, Kramer, LJ, Krechmer, JE, Languille, B, Locoge, N, Lopez-Hilfiker, F, Materi, D, Moreno, S, Nemitz, E, Quéléver, LLJ, Sarda Esteve, R, Sauvage, S, Schallhart, S, Sommariva, R, Tillmann, R, Wedel, S, Worton, DR, Xu, K & Zaytsev, A 2019, 'Validity and limitations of simple reaction kinetics to calculate concentrations of organic compounds from ion counts in PTR-MS', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 6193-6208. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-6193-2019

Review article

Geiger, F, Pope, F, Mackenzie, R, Brune, W, Monks, PS, Bloss, W, Fuller, G, Moussiopoulos, N, Hort, M, Tomlin, A, Presto, A, Van Pinxteren, D, Vlachou, A, Heard, D, Hewitt, CN, Baltensperger, U, Lewis, A, Querol, X, Kim, S, Hamilton, J, Sommariva, R, McFiggans, G, Harrison, R, Jimenez, JL, Cross, E, Wenger, J, Pandis, S, Kiendler-Scharr, A, Donahue, NM, Whalley, L, McDonald, B, Pieber, S, Prévôt, A, Alam, MS, Krishna Kumar, N, Wahner, A, Skouloudis, A, Kalberer, M, Wallington, T & Dunmore, R 2016, 'Chemical complexity of the urban atmosphere and its consequences: General discussion', Faraday Discussions, vol. 189, pp. 137-167. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6FD90020H

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